When we saw this latest “Looking for a Girlfriend” poster up around the East Village, we thought it might be one of our previous flyer boys. Probably not swinging-man Alex, but possibly lonely-hearted Luis. This assumption was based on similar, defensive wording: “I’m really looking for a girlfriend. This is not a joke. Just tired of the singles scene and hoping to meet the right person…Open to the possibility of the relationship morphing into something more profound.”
Turns out we were wrong. Yet another lamppost lothario has arrived on the scene (three’s a trend!). Allow us to introduce Dan Perino, king of all flyer boys, whom we caught up with while he went about his business along that most sparkly stretch of town, Fifth Avenue.
OK, well I’m not a potential girlfriend and I’m not a prank caller—I’m a journalist, writing for a local publication. We thought you were one of our other flyer boys. But this is the first flyer you’ve made?
OK. Sorry, it’s hard to hear—it’s noisy here on Fifth Avenue. Well, I’m not just doing this for a girlfriend. And I’d be happy to give you an in-depth interview, it’s just I can’t really go into details over the phone. It’s too intense. And it’ll take too much time, because I’m putting up flyers now.
Good question. Well, one of the reasons is a book. It’s a social experiment that I’m doing. In addition to the social experiment, it is to find a girlfriend. But it is to do a lot more than just being selfish.
I’ve written two books before. About real estate. This was many years ago. I made a lot of money on that, got married, and bought a huge house over in Jersey. But then I got divorced and got screwed out of all my money. I’m an artist, so I’m a very creative person. If somebody else posts a flyer, they’re more than welcome to do it. I’ve just been posting flyers for 34 years, so I’m very fast.
The acting ones, if you’ve seen them? A couple of painting flyers. When I was younger, I used to post flyers. The painting flyers I did a lot. So that’s 34 years and 500 flyers per day. I’ve posted over 6 million flyers.
No but that’s a good question. There will be another flyer that comes after this one, in 30 days. The wording will be all different. I really can’t say much over the phone because I don’t wanna be copied.
In closing I just want to say that—and I’m not bragging—there is nobody else in New York who can post a flyer quicker than I can. It takes me less than one second to post a flyer, believe it or not. It was all on the news, when they showed it. It’s very interesting talking to you, can we continue this conversation in about two hours? [He’s got flyers to post.]
That’s a good question. I would say 90% have been serious. But I didn’t meet the girl yet. We’ve been talking for about 2 hours every night on the phone. She’s a beautiful person. I’ve never seen her in person.
Yeah. I’m not having sex with anybody for 30 days, for this project. But I did get a lot of calls from men too because of the way the flyer’s worded. I think all people are beautiful. I do. But stupid men just think I could swing both ways or something, by reading that.
Yeah. [Verbal shrug.] I also wanted to say that I’m not only getting recognized in the city—almost every few blocks now—I’m getting calls from Hawaii, San Diego, Florida, Texas, it goes on and on. Because I’m all over the Internet. There’s good things to happen from this. I have to get going here.